“Charhte Sooraj Dhalde Wekhe, Bujhe Deewe Balde Wekhe,
Heeray Da Koi Mul Na Taare, Khote Sikky Chalde Wekhe,
Jinnan Da Na Jag Te Koi, Oovi Puttar Palde Wekhe,
Aohdi Rehmat Dey Naal Bande, Pani Uttey Chalde Wekhe
Loki Kehnde Dal Ni Galdi, Mein Te Pathar Galde Wekhe
Jinha Qadar Na Ketti Yaar Di ‘Bulhiya’ Hath Khali Oo Malde Wekhe”
These were the words of Baba Bulleh Shah who was an epitome of spiritual wisdom born on this great land of ‘Hind’. But unfortunately forgotten is Baba Bulleh Shah, forgotten is the sacrifice of Guru Tegh Bahadur, forgotten is the wisdom of Guru Nanak and forgotten are values of world’s most ancient civilization. India is not just a country, it’s a civilization. It was a society that had equal representation of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims all living together as one family. A Land where the foundation stone of Sikh’s holiest pilgrimage ‘The Golden Temple’ was laid by a Muslim Saint ‘Peer Miya Mir’. The civilization that was most amazing in its nobility. We citizens of India rejoice every time when we hear about Independence, for many including my grandparents that day of August 15 1947, was nothing less than a nightmare. Millions like my grandparents were forced to leave their homeland because that day the dreamland of ‘Hind’ was amputated on basis of religion. Amputated was the world’s most ancient civilization which was derived from two rivers namely Indus and Ganges and truncated rivers don’t form a civilization. An India without Nankana, Sindh, Lahore, Multan, Chittagong, and Sunderbans is not India. Ironically we have Sindh in our national anthem but not part of our nation. What followed post-Independence were series of diplomatic and intellectual blunders that we were made to believe that its fine to not acknowledge our heritage, its fine if we don’t have land of Lord Rama’s sons Luv(Lahore) and Kush(Kasur). The same Lahore and Kasur doesn’t have a single Hindu and doesn’t celebrate Diwali anymore.
Nothing could be worse that children in India are taught that mass murderer like Aurangzeb, Babur and Taimur were their emperors and people in India name their children after these such monsters. Every conqueror of ‘Hind’ has city named after him. Would you imagine people named after Hitler in Poland or Israel? The personalities like Dara Shikoh, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, Raja Dahir and Guru Nanak found no place in our history textbooks.
In the pursuit of earning money, we have been made to forget our very own heritage. The reason behind this intellectual destruction was the invasion by Mughals followed by much dreadful annexation of Indian Subcontinent by the British. The series of invasions completely disintegrated our entire education and social system. We were made to believe the two nation theory, the theory that divided the Indian Subcontinent on basis of religion. The propagated hatred lead towards building world’s first Islamic Nation called ‘Pakistan’. A nation whose existence was based on religious supremacy and hatred. Our ignorance lead to lives of 3 Million people in 1971 in Bangladesh and 100s lives every day which are lost in Balochistan. The same Baloch people who consider themselves as Indians are dying every day at cost of our ignorance and despite being a Muslim are still guarding world’s most ancient Hindu temple of Goddess Hinglaj from the evil forces of religious supremacy. We even left ‘Abdul Gaffar Khan’ one of the greatest leaders of Indian Freedom Movement to the wolves of Muslim League.
For India to regain its heritage its extremely important to acknowledge our heritage. We are from Taxila, Nalanda, and Harrapa with our children being Dalai Lama, Buddha, Guru Nanak and Bulleh Shah. We need to take ownership of Vedas, The Mahabharata, and Bhagwad Geeta. We proudly talk about democracy but let me tell you there is no use of democracy without Individual liberty. A liberty where a boy and a girl are permitted to fall in love irrespective of caste and religion, where a person is acknowledged solely on his ideas, where every individual is treated equally irrespective of his economic sanctity, where every woman is treated with full dignity and respect. If we want to rise as a nation state that has a place as an economic superpower like it used to be in the 17th century with 24.5% of world’s GDP we need to break barriers of caste and religion. The day when every Indian says with confidence that my religion is ‘Hindustani’ and my caste is ‘dalit’ that is the day we will conquer the world.